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Yes, it’s nice to have the HOBOs. One of the reasons I chose them was because their batteries typically last about a year and they can be replaced. These same probes can be used underwater or have other types of attachments used with them, so they’re very versatile. I’m going to purchase some cables this spring that will allow me to measure soil temperature.
I used ‘hardware cloth’ for the ambient plots. It comes in various gauges and you can get it at pretty much any hardware store. I used it primarily to keep the rabbits out.
Yes, the hoops served as a guide for planting. The kids just had to make sure that all the plants were inside the hoop.
I didn’t want the plants to be located too close to the sides of OTCs, so all of the hoops are the same size as the top opening of the cone OTCs.
Hi Susan. I used, “Sun-Lite HP (0.040 inch thick), a fiberglass material especially designed for solar applications. This material is made by: Solar Components
Corporation, 121 Valley St., Manchester, New Hampshire, 03103 USA (telephone: 603-668-8186).” That quote is from the ITEX Manual.
Thanks Charlene. The professor I work with at MSU had lots of these aluminum discs from an earlier experiment. All I had to do was prime and paint them. It was also convenient that each disc had a small hole in it, which was perfect for using a landscape staple to anchor it next to each plant.